Read stories again and again. Your toddlers enjoy repetition Source
Draw attention hoe writing works. In books point out how we read from left to right and how words are separated Source
Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day. Source
Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories. Give your toddler opportunities to repeat rhyming phrases. Source
Parents get frustrated when child wants a book read 3X in a row, but this is an essential part of how tots process information. more info
Choose engaging books. Books featuring animals or machines invite movement and making sounds. more info
Reading with a very young child is primarily about building positive experiences with books, not finishing every book you start. more info
Choose books about everyday experiences. Your child will identify with the characters as they dress, eat, visit, nap, & play. more info
Toddlers have shorter attention spans than babies. Look for text that is short & simple. Read a little, several times a day.
Try stories at different times of day. Reading w/tots is about building positive experiences with books-not finishing every book.
Don’t expect toddler to sit still for a book. Toddlers need to move, don’t worry if they act out stories, skip, or romp
Select books that appeal to infants & toddlers. Look for bright colors, sharp contrasts between the picture & page. http://bit.ly/NtB3W8
Build your child’s vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7833/
The key to sharing books together is to look for times during the day when she is most receptive.
Trying to read to a toddler who wants to play outside or with newly discovered toys would frustrate both of you. Your toddler will be most interested when she’s not hungry, wet, or tired.
From: Multnomah County Library
After Reading a Story let your child explore the book and play with toys and objects that remind her of the book. Talk about the book and relate it to his own experiences.
From: National Center for Family Literacy.
Read aloud to your baby for only a few minutes at a time. Read a little longer as your older baby is willing to listen.
Begin visiting the library regularly by the time your child is two and she may well prefer reading to any other activity.
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